Steven J.J. Weisman, Esq.

Steven J.J. Weisman, Esq., attorney in private practice and senior lecturer at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is author of Identity Theft Alert and founder of the scam-information website Scamicide.com.

Consumer Technology

Best Way to Protect Yourself Online? Use a Virtual Private Network—Here’s How

Virtual private networks, or VPNs, are an easy way to make sure your personal information stays out of the hands of hackers.

Car Maintenance

Auto Recall Scams!

You get a postcard warning you that your vehicle has been recalled. Is it for real?

Tax Preparation

IRS Efforts to Thwart Scammers Can Delay Refunds

A new IRS procedure to verify identities and thwart scammers can delay your refund and give scammers a new opening to scam you. Here’s how to win.

Scams

Imposter Scams Are Now the Greatest Fraud Risk

Imposter scams have surged past identity theft to become the most common form of fraud.

Security

Home Security System Scams

A home security system monitored by a security company is supposed to increase your safety and protect your property—but scammers…

Scams

This New Scam Tricks Taxpayers with Refunds They Can’t Keep

Tax scams involving fraudulent tax refunds aren't new. But this devious new twist can outwit IRS safeguards.

Identity Theft

Your Legal Rights in a Massive Data Breach

Can you sue a company that exposes personal information in a massive data breach? Possibly, but don’t expect a windfall even if the suit is successful.

Fraud

Read This Before You Freeze Your Credit

Don’t place security freezes on your credit reports until after you sign up for credit monitoring. Here’s why...

Legal

The Pros And Cons Of Do-It-Yourself Legal Forms

It can cost you thousands of dollars to have a lawyer draft your will or a divorce settlement. Even paperwork…

Scams

Avoid The “Can You Hear Me” Scam

Scam alert: The “can you hear me?” phone call. How it works: An automated robocaller asks, "Can you hear me?"…

Identity Theft

Hackers Target Bank Accounts Through Your Phone

Cyberthieves might use your smartphone to steal money from your bank account. In this scam, the thieves sneakily get you…

Scams

Fake Jobs at Real Companies

Scammers are pretending that they work for well-known companies and then are stealing job seekers’ identities and savings. What happens:…

Personal Safety

The 5 Worst Social Security Scams

You’re At Risk No Matter What Your Age Your Social Security account is a tempting target for scammers whether you…

Health Insurance

Obamacare Penalty Scam

Scammers are trying to trick people into paying Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalties to them. Like many scams, this one…

Legal

The Pros and Cons of Do-It-Yourself Legal Forms

It can cost you thousands of dollars to have a lawyer draft your will or a divorce settlement. Even paperwork…

Scams

Tricky Twists on Computer-Repair Scams

Phone scammers who falsely promise to make people’s computers more secure have added some new tricks. In the basic scam,…

Identity Theft

Sneaky New Tricks from Identity Thieves

How to protect yourself from hotel Wi-Fi, smartphone hackers and more Identity thieves have developed new ways to gain access…

Scams

Today’s Worst Social Security Scams

When times get tough financially, scammers come out of the woodwork. One of their favorite targets—people worried about Social Security.…